P-217

  A more complex situation arises when the white pawns have not advanced far since then Black may have the possibility of a counter-attack. Yet, there are still prospects of winning. A case in point is a study by the famous N. Grigoriev, 1938. The solution consists in gaining the opposition – first the distant […]

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P-187

  Generally, doubled pawns are very weak. Sometimes the side having the doubled pawns may lose even with a pawn more! The importance of the distant opposition in blockaded positions is well illustrated in a study by F. Sackmann, 1913. White to move wins by taking first the distant and later the “full” opposition.

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P-36

  2.3.2. Pawns on Adjacent Files Also in the case of pawns on adjacent files, a win is possible only if the enemy pawn falls and one of the critical squares along the passed pawn’s way to promotion is secured. As a rule, this occurs only when one of the players has a huge positional […]

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P-19

  When the white king is not placed in front of the pawn, the distant opposition is not sufficient for a win. This is nicely illustrated by the following example. Black has the move, meaning that White has the distant opposition.   ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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P-18

  In the struggle for the domination of the critical squares it is crucial whether the white king can get in front of the pawn and seize the opposition. The following example shows the importance of the “distant” opposition.   Key squares and distant opposition: ← Basic EndingsBasic Endings →

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